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Do You Need to Brush and Floss Dental Implants?

Posted on 9/20/2016 by administrative
A diagram of how a dental implant works.Although dental implants are made from artificial materials, they should not be avoided in your oral hygiene routine. In fact, they should be cleaned similarly to how you clean your natural teeth.

How to Keep Your Smile Healthy With Dental Implants

Brush your teeth. - You should brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day, making sure not to skip the area around the artificial crown.
Floss. - Flossing is a key step in preventing tooth decay and gum disease.

When flossing, make sure to floss between all of your teeth as you normally would to help remove food particles and plaque build-up. Also, pay special attention to the area underneath the artificial crown where it meets the implants, since food and plaque can easily build up here as well.

Regular teeth cleanings. - No matter what restorative treatments you have had, regular, professional teeth cleanings are a crucial part of maintaining your oral health. A dental health professional can provide thorough cleanings to remove plaque and tartar, and they can evaluate the health of your teeth and the surrounding tissue.

After assessing your oral health, they can help you develop an at-home oral hygiene plan to ensure that you are cleaning areas more prone to developing plaque.

What Happens When You Do Not Clean Your Dental Implants?

Keeping your dental implants cleans helps them last for a long time without failing. The results of neglecting dental implant care are similar to what happens when you neglect the hygiene of your natural teeth.

Skipping out on brushing and flossing can result in inflammation and eventually infection, and your dental implant could be at risk of failure - much like you are at risk of tooth loss with the development of gum disease.

Inflammation and infection causes the gums to pull away from the implant, and the surrounding bone can start to weaken as well. Since the gum and bone tissue act as an anchor for the dental implant, any weaknesses could mean the dental implant will not stay secure.

Please contact us if you have any questions about dental implants.

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